SCOOP! – MORE LEAKED SCANS OF THE FR-S AND FT-86 BROCHURE
We have obtained a tip off from 7TUNE reader Rob, to yet more leaked brochure scans; this time of the regular, “official” Toyota FT-86/FR-S versions. You’ve already seen what the interior and optional Modellista package may end up looking like but this time, we have more detailed shots of the FT-86 exterior design elements. We also added exclusive translations in English to go with the scans. Click to find out more…
If the text is too obscure, CLICK the shot for an enlarged view.
We’re not sure if this is deliberate, unintentional, a mistake or a combination of all three, but Toyota may be playing funny games in the lead-up to the launch of the much anticipated FT-86 at this years Tokyo Motor Show. There is no logical rhyme or reason as to the release of these shots nor does the timing make a lot of sense as they come within days of each other. Then again, what we are looking at here may very well be legitimate and this has all been carefully planned. Then again it could just be the work of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Fanboy with a keyboard and a trackpad…
If it turns out to be legit, this is as close a look at some of the details going into the final production model and we’ve worked on translating the pages to get a better understanding of what’s going on here. Let’s break it down into its different elements…
This photo above is obviously a two page spread from the supposed catalog but some of the page is obscure. The caption reads; “An extremely low center of gravity, FR Package inspired by F1 design dynamics. High technology based on enjoyable function and beauty as an expression of organic design.“. The text is decidedly vague but appears to lend itself to Toyota’s design methodology.
The next scan show some of the design elements for the side and rear of the car. Apparently, it’s all about stance, a pointy front end and bulging rear flanks. The Japanese is actually correct in the sense that manufacturers are always trying to evoke some emotion with their brochures but it does make for difficult translations as the right words can sometimes be hard to define!
From the side, it’s obvious that the shot is trying to elicit a response to its form and body design and highlights the stance, arches and rear flanks for examples. The words organic, sexy, curvaceous, stirring are all candidates here. I have to agree it’s a good looking car nonetheless and will undoubtedly be even better in the metal.
Interestingly, there’s a throwback in design cues to the Toyota 2000GT but from what this tells, us it will only be in silhouette.
One of the bigger gripes about the rear of the FT-86 in the last scoop we published HERE with the Modellista kit, were the tail lights. It appears Toyota is going offer factory options for the FT-86 upgrade and crucially, there is a remark on the page that mentions the “FRONT” lights of the car, indicating these will also be customizable.
The rear of the car is defined by the narrowing of the “cabin” and the widening of the rear suggesting a wider track where traction matters. We are told that this is to improve balance. This is lent some weight by the words of Dori Kin, Keiichi Tsuchiya who has tested the car and remarked that, “The car (FT86) is not only FUN to drive, but in terms of quality and precision of handling, the car has very much surpassed any expectations I had. More easily put, if you had blind folded me and told me this was a new creation by BMW’s M department, I would not even hesitate to believe you. It’s that good.”
Of course he’d have to say that though, wouldn’t he?
We weren’t expecting such news so close to the release of the last photos but we’re confident this is the most comprehensive look on the net right now into what we are just about to see for real in November. You heard it here first.
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Words and Translations – Adam Zillin
Source – Rob P via ft86club.com